Located in the Auckland region
Te Hauturu o Toi – the resting place of the wind – is the gold standard for predator free New Zealand and our jewel in the crown for conservation. Often described as our most intact ecosystem, it is without doubt one of the most important reserves of its kind in the world.
Approximately 40 species of rare or endangered birds, 14 reptile and 2 bat species, and more than 400 native plants flourish in this pest-free sanctuary. Among many success stories, the beautiful hihi/stichbird, which would have been extinct if not for this island, thrive and are able to be translocated to other pest-free island sanctuaries.
Lying just 80 km north of our largest city, Auckland, you need a permit from DOC before visiting the island.
Many native birds thrive on Hauturu since the eradication of feral cats and kiore/Pacific rat.
The underwater scenery on a dive around Hauturu includes huge boulders, pinnacles and deep crevices. In and around these you can spot sponges, crayfish, red moki, black angelfish, scarlet wrasse, demoiselles and John Dory.
It's possible to visit Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island, but it's strictly regulated. You must apply for a permit and you're likely to be prosecuted if you land illegally. Learn about visiting Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island.
Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island is 80 km north of Auckland on the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf.
You can only travel in a vessel authorised to transport visitors to the island, and you need a permit from DOC before you visit. Learn about visiting Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island.
Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island was New Zealand's first nature reserve. It's one of the last remnants of primeval New Zealand, and as such, is an invaluable refuge for rare and endangered plants, birds and animals. Learn more about Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island nature.
Te Maraeroa Flat on Hauturu was extensively used for cultivation by Māori then Pākehā. The ground has never been disturbed by powered machinery so it has high archaeological value.
Features that can be seen today include stone mounds and alignments associated with early Maori gardening, the remains of the first caretaker's house constructed in 1898, and the grave of caretaker Robert Hunter-Blair. Read Te Maraeora Flat, Little Barrier Island heritage assessment.
Ongoing/dates vary: Applications are full for 2020. You can register your interest for 2021.
View the management plan for Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island which was established as a result of the Ngāti Manuhiri Claims Settlement Act 2012.